How To Install Bifold Closet Doors

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Installing a bifold closet door is a fairly quick and easy DIY project as long as the door opening you are trying to install it into is the correct size and fairly square.

Measuring your opening first will help you determine if you can buy a single door or pair of doors that will fit without either cutting the doors to fit or modifying the opening to size. The widths of finished openings that will allow the easy install of bifold doors are: 18", 24", 30", 36", 48", 60", 72".

The doors when measured are actually slightly narrower to allow for them to clear the sides of the opening when they start to fold while opening or closing.Top track on closet hardware f these doors is 80-3/4". There is some adjustment in height that can be made on the door hardware so +/- 3/8" from the 80-3/4" is do able without cutting the door.

Difficulty Level
3 / 12

Tools Required

  • Cordless drill
  • Multi-end screwdriver
  • 3/16" drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Hammer

Installation Instructions

TIP: If the opening you want to use is a little larger than needed, you can sometimes add a trim piece of wood around the outer inside edge of the opening to hide the fact that the door does not actually reach the outer edges of the opening.

If you must cut the width of your doors down to fit, I do not recommend cutting more than 1/4" off of each outer end, as this makes the door operate poorly.

TIP: Once you figure out how much you need to trim off the width, do not cut it all off of one edge. Divide it in two and take even amounts off each outside edge.

If you need to cut the height off the doors be careful not to cut too much off as there are holes predrilled in the top and bottom that door hardware fits into and you need this to remain structurally sound in order for the door to operate and last a few years. If you must cut to much off that, these hole become weak, then remove the weak piece and glue in a replacement piece of wood and drill new holes to match.


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  • 70 long x 19 wide.-Assorted Colors-Dark Blue or Light Tan/Off White with clear vinyl pockets.
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  • 24 vertical pockets and 2 horizontal pockets.

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Try an 18" door...

... and cut off an inch from each side.
Make sure you buy a solid-wood door, *not* a composite/hollow core cheapie, and that there's enough "meat" on the sides to cut down.
I used half of a single 36" bifold door for an 18" wide linen closet, which worked great. Use mortise-less hinges to make your life easier hanging the door. If you haven't hung a door before, it can be a pain-in-the-neck. Note that a 18" door panel from a bifold isn't thick enough for a regular door knob, so buy a magnetic cabinet latch, and drawer pull or handle.
Another project involved sectioning six sets of louvered 24" bifold doors (2 12" panels each) to make them ~10" shorter to match the height of the other doors & closets in the room

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  • Avatar niner_72601 Partially replace my existing cabinets?
    Jan 21, 2007 by niner_72601 | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

    I have cabinets in my kitchen that are painted.......i want to go oak face frame and doors...............can i pull off the existing face frame, and replace with an oak question is......whats the best way to build the frame......dowels?

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      Otherwise, you just apply the boards individually to the cabinet box and pin the edge that hangs down with a finish nail (not the best method, but it's done on built in shelves everyday).